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Low-carbon building innovators in running for national green energy awards 2013 Ashden Award finalists announced

Low-carbon building champions Monodraught, Breathing Buildings and Sustainable Energy Academy/United House have all been selected as finalists for the 2013 Ashden Awards, the UK’s leading green energy prize. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 20 June.

Now in their 13th year, the Ashden Awards champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives in the UK and developing world.

Cambridge University spin-off Breathing Buildings has expertly designed a natural ventilation system that minimises energy use and improves air quality inside buildings.

Breathing Buildings Managing Director Dr Shaun Fitzgerald said:
"We are thrilled to be a finalist for the Ashden Awards. Breathing Buildings is constantly working to provide low energy natural ventilation solutions through our e-stack technology."

Monodraught’s COOL-PHASE® low-energy cooling and ventilation system reduces the running costs of buildings and creates a fresh and healthy indoor environment, while energy consumption is reduced by up to 90% compared to conventional cooling systems.

Nick Hopper, Monodraught Technical Director said:
"We are delighted to be finalists for the prestigious UK Ashden Awards 2013, as they closely reflect the vision that has driven Monodraught since the company was founded nearly 40 years ago: to create low carbon, low energy initiatives that enable sustainability within the built environment."

The Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) and United House’s safe, fuss-free measurement and installation process uses laser scanning and other standard building trade technologies in a novel way, reducing costs by around 25% and avoiding the need to decant residents.

John Doggart, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy said:
"The Sustainable Energy Academy with United House is delighted to be in the running for an Ashden Award. Winning an Award would help us massively to reach the opinion formers and key players. Their buy-in is critical to successfully insulating the seven million solid wall properties in the UK."

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